All posts for the month July, 2015

Drumond Park: Barbecue Party, review & competition

Published July 31, 2015 by Bizzimummy

Our latest family game from Drumond Park is Barbecue Party and probably one of the easiest and nerve racking games so far.  

It’s a really simple set up with no batteries and nothing to give out. There is the small barbecue, several food pieces, tongs and playing cards. The only thing we had to do was to put the eyes on the food, which was really fiddly especially with long nails. 

The barbecue unit has an on/off switch but needs no batteries it seems to operate off weight and motion. Each player takes turns to pick a card and then, using tongs, places the correct food item onto the barbecue or takes a piece off as required. 


When the barbecue gets too heavy or knocked in the wrong way it will catapult the food into the air, thus ending a round. The players never know when this will happen adding to the surprise and shock element. If a player takes an item off the barbecue then they keep the card and food,  and the winner is the first to collect 3 cards and food items.


The game states that it’s suitable for 2-4 players and those 4 and over. As you can see we have 5 players here and also Izebela, being only 2 is also happily joining in and is more than able to understand the game instructions. She can also use the tongs to pick the food up. Therefore I would say that younger ones can play too if supervised. 

 This game costs around £19.99 from most good toy stores and it doesn’t take up too much space so perfect for travelling and taking away. 


Drumond Park are kindly giving away a copy of this game to one of my readers. For a chance to win, just enter below by August 27th.


Peanut Hottie

Published July 30, 2015 by Bizzimummy

Peanut hottie is the latest instant drink to hit the shelves. It comes with a unique peanut butter type flavour. It’s made with real peanuts so if you have an allergy then sadly this is not for you. It’s fairly healthy with under 100 calories per cup and tastes pretty delicious. It also has a fair few uses too.  

There are now 2 varieties of the stuff, being the original Peanut butter and the new one which combines chocolate and peanut butter. 

The hot drink is pretty straightforward. Add a few scoops of the stuff to hot boiled water just like coffee to get a lovely warm sweet drink, a nice alternative to hot chocolate especially at night time.  

There is another way to use this stuff in drinks tho and this is my preference. It’s mixing it with cold milk to get a peanut milkshake and it’s just fantastic. However the powder won’t just stir in or dissolve into milk unfortunately.  

It needs either a smoothie maker or some sort of blender and in my case it’s a hand blender and jug which does the job perfect in seconds but it’s a little messy.     

And then I’m left with a lovely tasting milkshake. I guess it could also be combined with a banana smoothie too to give the nutty flavour. 

Peanut hottie even has its own website with a whole page of interesting food and drink Recipes which can be created with this stuff. 

It’s available in most supermarkets and a full list of stockists can be found here.  

Ritz crisp and thin

Published July 30, 2015 by Bizzimummy

Ritz are probably best known for their cheese biscuits and crackers which have been around for years, probably before I was born. 

They have recently introduced a new type of snack called “Crisp and Thin”  

The Crisp and Thin combine crackers with crisps in both single and share pouches and in a variety of 4 flavours. Salt & Vinegar, Sea salt & Black pepper, Cheese & Onion and my overall favourite which is Sweet red chilli. I was happy to receive all the flavours to sample and different size bags too. 

These thins aren’t quite crisps and aren’t quite crackers either but something inbetween. Thicker than the average crisp yet much thinner than a cracker and all full of flavour.  

They can be eaten alone as a snack or used with dips and putting them on a sandwich also tastes pretty good. 

Here is old idea I was sent over for a tasty Smoky Lemon Yoghurt dip for use with the Ritz crisp and thin.


500g Total Yoghurt

1½ tbsp Smoked Paprika

1½ tbsp Sumac

4tbsp Good quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil (and some extra for presentation)

1 Garlic clove

1 Lemon (juice and zest)

seeds of ½ a pomegranate



In a bowl stir together all the ingredients, minus the pomegranate

Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and scattering of pomegranate seeds

The ritz crisp and thin can be found in most supermarkets. 

Crystal Zelfs

Published July 29, 2015 by Bizzimummy


Yes it’s those troll like creatures known as Zelfs once again. These special (and very collectable) Crystal Zelfs were released by Character Options. I believe there are 6 in total to collect of the Crystal series as well as the other series 5 Zelfs. These Crystal Zelfs differ a little to the other ones in series 5 as they all have a magic crystal on their bodies and different magical accessories.  

They seem to be the same size as the others and just as cute so I am thinking as they are all part of series 5 that they are quite a special collection. 

This one which we have is known as So-Anne. She is pretty multicoloured and bright with the usual funky Zelf hairstyle and she comes with her own little throne which she seems to sit quite proudly on.  

The Zelfs don’t really do much alone and are aimed more towards girls than boys. Girls will enjoy brushing their hair and will also no doubt what the Zelf accessories and many sets which can be purchased to use with Zelfs such as this one. They are very collectable too just like the retro trolls which they resemble and I can imagine girls across the country trading and swapping Zelfs with one another. Roll on Zelfs series 6! I have lost count of how many Zelfs my girls now own.

These crystal Zelfs come at £7.99 each. 


Published July 28, 2015 by Bizzimummy

Tiggly is a new start up company who design physical smart toys which interact with learning apps on a selection of iPads and tablets. 
Tiggly shapes, math and Tiggly words all launched here just days ago on QVC and can also be found on Amazon, and Currys. 

The interactive Tiggly toys come in box sets as seen in the photograph above which open out a little like a book to reveal the toys.  

These toys then lift out to then reveal the full instructions to download the apps and a carry pouch to keep the toys in. There is no reason to keep the bulky boxes.

We received Tiggly Math and Tiggly Words. The recomeded age levels for these two kits is between 3-8 years. I did thing they were a little young for Jordannas ability and she has just turned 8. Izebella is 3 in October and my worry was she may be too young, but no as always my brain box proved me wrong. 

Izebella seemed quite fascinated by the toys in the boxes. Although I imagine at first she was clueless that they were to be used with mummy’s iPad. They are very bright and colourful and I would also say tempting to put in mouth and bite so make sure you supervise the younger ones. 

Tiggly words are the 5 vowels and Tiggly numbers are rows of joined cubes of numbers 1-5.  


Each of the toys has black dots on the back which I can only presume forms the connection to the device. The Tiggly kits are designed for iPads and Galaxy tablets as well as a few other well known tablet makes. I have the Ipad2 and found it all worked fine on mine but it’s obviously best to check you own a compatible device.

Each kit gave details to download 3 apps per kit. Once downloaded the apps require the user to place the toys onto the screen to unlock the games and also test its all working fine. And then we can play.



Now Izebella can count to 20 and recite the alphabet song but of course she cannot yet read nor add up. The apps are really helpful for really young children as the easy part seems to be the colour matching. Each letter and number is differently coloured and with the letters especially Izebella is able to match the colour and shape to the letter needed on the screen.  

And when she gets it wrong it does not tell her she’s wrong it still does something fun and there are lots of fun sounds and music too to keep her interested. I’m pretty sure she will be spelling words very soon with this and it will help her with number recognition too. 

This here is the Tiggly character which is seen on the apps. He’s a funny looking guy, sort of like a green alien froggy type thing. Izebella also got this huge pillow in our pack.  

She now uses the plush toy as a big pillow. It’s pretty comfy too.

Tiggly has now launched over on QVC where lots more information can be found along with prices. It’s certainly made Izebella happy tho it does mean she has to play on my iPad a whole lot more! 

Singalong Summer with Dora

Published July 27, 2015 by Bizzimummy

This Summer Nickelodeon is taking Dora on a tour around the UK to Smyths toy stores on several set dates. Children will be able to meet and sing along with the well known character via special karaoke booths. Special videos from the booths can be created and even entered into a competition to win a chance to star on TV.KIDS. 

Check these dates and locations for a store near you. 

Waterfields Retail Park, Watford (Dora Costume Character) – 27th July

Westwood Cross Shopping Park, Thanet – 28th July

St. David’s Retail Park, Swansea – 29th July

Crown Retail Park, Leeds (Dora Costume Character) – 31st July

Clifton Moor Retail Park, York (Dora Costume Character) – 3rd August

Ravenhead Retail Park, St.Helens – 5th August

Halls Mill Retail Park, Bury – 6th August

Middle Engine Lane, Wallsend – 10th August

Glasgow Fort Shopping Park, Glasgow (Dora Costume Character) – 12th August

Boulevard Retail Park, Aberdeen (Dora Costume Character) – 14th August

And if you can’t get to a store over Summer and your kids love Dora like mine do then don’t worry as Nick Jr channel is showing non stop episodes of Dora and Friends every day between 10-1 Daytime throughout the Summer holidays.

Of course no Dora tour would be complete without some new Dora toys and that is exactly what we received in a large box before the school holidays.  

The box of toys included the new Dora dolls, a mobile phone toy and bracelet sets along with a bag of sweets to enjoy.

 . I found the toys to all be good quality. Izebella loves the dolls and the phone which can be annoying and Jordanna loves the little bracelet sets. Ryan got some sweets out of it. Dora isn’t really his thing.  

We are hoping to visit Smyths toy store in Bury and meet Dora for ourselves. More information about the Singalong Dora tour and Dora toys ca be found over at UK TV mums and all the toys shown in my photographs can be purchased at Smyths toy stores.

Serenata Hampers review & competition

Published July 27, 2015 by Bizzimummy

There is nothing quite like receiving a luxury hamper in a real wicker basket full of luxury goodies. Take a look at this.  

This is the Chocolate hamper from Serenata  hampers costing £39.99. Yes it may seem pricey for a few bits of chocolate but can you imagine a loved ones face at Christmas if they receive one of these.  

This hamper contains 6 different luxury chocolate products which are. Chocolate covered Brazil nuts, white chocolate nuts & raisins, fudge, truffles, chocolate covered strawberries and a box of Belgian chocolates.  

I loved everything about this hamper, starting with the luxury basket it came in. The very fine presentation and layout of all the items, the elegant wag the contents were wrapped with ribbons and of course the luxury taste of all the chocolate goodies.

If chocolate is not your thing or your on a diet then never fear because Serenta flowers also has many other hampers to purchase as well as flowers, plants and wines which can all be delivered to any address via next day delivery with no extra charge for delivery. 


Serenata hampers are offering a fabulous prize in the form of a £40 voucher to spend on anything you wish from their website.

The competition will end on August 10th and you must live in the UK to enter. 


Free competitions at ThePrizeFinder – See more at:

Prom night 

Published July 23, 2015 by Bizzimummy

Tonight is Ryan’s school prom. He’s already there and looking smart in his suit and shoes.  

I did feel  a little bad beforehand as some of the children arrived by Limo and sadly this is just unaffordable for me. He came back from a £180 school trip yesterday and with Jordannas birthday and other things this month it just wasn’t doable. Plus its primary school and when I was younger it was a school disco. No suits, no cars and no red carpet. His school is a 5 minute walk so we walked and he didn’t mind once there.  

Tomorrow is his graduation day and assembly then onto a new chapter in his young life in September which is high school and yet more expense and eventually a much more expensive prom with the limo.


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